Sai Dharam Tej’s Supreme is hitting the screens on May 5. Anil Ravipudi is the director. Says Sai, “I am playing a cab driver.” This is the third time that Sai’s movies feature Chiranjeevi’s remixed song.
“It is not compulsory to have a Chiranjeevi garu’s song, but the producer and director wanted to put it. When they insisted, I couldn’t say ‘no’ and it definitely helps to get good openings,” adds the actor.
“I know whenever I dance to a remix song of my uncle, people compare it with the old one, so I try to live up to their expectations. I can’t match up to Chiranjeevi garu ever, but at the same time we don’t spoil it,” he adds.
There was a major accident during the film’s shooting in Rajasthan and actor Ravi Kishan was seriously injured. “He proved how strong an actor should be and I learnt a lot from him. He is a big star in Bhojpuri and has also acted in Hindi films, and he showed us how an actor should be dedicated to his work. He comes back in just 20 days and participated in shooting; he is really an inspiration to all young actors.”
Talking about his five-year journey in the industry, he says, “It’s been a beautiful journey. I learnt a lot and as a person too I changed completely. I was impatient from my college days, but now I have learnt to be more patient. It also taught me how life should be and how to respect others. I am now a more matured person,” he says. “My family always supported and encouraged me. There were lows and highs, but I always took inspiration from my uncle Chiranjeevi,” he says.
Being a celebrity comes with it’s own share of problems. “When the news appeared that Sai Dharam Tej’s bodyguard was involved in some case, I was shocked. How can I appoint a bodyguard? At the same time I was happy that my name appeared on Page 1, otherwise it usually comes in the film page,” he says.
Then there was the rumour that he was dating Regina Cassandra. “I am used to this kind of news and have learnt that it is part and parcel of a celebrity’s life,” he says.
“I am a normal human being like any other person and I have proposed to many girls but it never worked out. They are now calling me and asking me about this new girlfriend (Regina),” laughs Sai.
The actor informs that he has three upcoming projects. While Thikka is almost complete, he has two more projects, with director Gopichand Mailineni and director B.V..S Ravi.